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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Curtis Arima (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1998, now Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty)

My studio is in the Sawtooth Building in West Berkeley. It is a historic structure, built to house the Kawneer Company factory in 1913, and then later home to the Sealy Mattress Company.

I specialize in ancient jewelry and metalworking practices that are no longer in widespread use in industry because of their time-consuming nature. I want to honor their history and continue their legacy while having a contemporary conversation.

Even though my studio is divided into a retail space and a making space, the "threshold" is transparent; the intent is for people who visit the retail space to be able to see and connect with my processes of making and understand more about what they are looking at and buying.

The studio is definitely an extension of my artistic brain. The aesthetic and functional aspects are totally intertwined. This is also exciting when clients and the public come in, as it allows them access to parts of my artistic process that they'd otherwise never see.

Photography by Andria Lo

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Allison Byers

To support their burgeoning practice, both partners teach architecture at the California College of the Arts. Gattegno and Johnson have collaborated with various experts—material engineers, computer interface designers, and paleobiologists—as they have pursued a range of efforts: design/build projects, the prototyping of digital and electronic technologies, and beta-testing in many contexts, including a small host of gallery installations and temporary structures.

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Allison Smith (Sculpture chair)

My studio is located in a storefront in downtown Oakland, near project spaces such as Creative Growth and Rock Paper Scissors Collective that combine forms of making, presentation, and exchange. It is conceived as a general store that houses my ongoing project SMITHS, in which I invite various makers to conduct hands-on workshops.

It is also my studio space, office, archive, library, and home. I'm interested in the idea of a general store as a contact zone or space of intimate public exchange that is both material and intellectual. The studio holds my materials, research, remnants of past projects, and works in progress.

Photography by Andria Lo

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Chris Bliss

AIASF winners Matt Adams (MArch 2011) and Liz Lessig (MArch 2012)

It was a CCA lovefest at the AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2013 on Thursday evening, April 25.

Every year AIASF and the local architectural community gather to celebrate exceptional projects. The gala honors the best of Bay Area architectural design and recognizes achievement in a broad range of architectural work.

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

For the third year, Giorgio Armani is sponsoring Paris Photo, which is being held this weekend in Los Angeles for the first time, at Paramount Studios. At the fair, the brand has installed the “ACQUA #3” exhibition, a collection of unpublished photographs taken by the photographer Jim Goldberg in Haiti. Gold is a professor of Art at the California College of the Arts* and a member of Magnum Photos.

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Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Allison Byers

Todd Hido is not your average photographer. The art photos he does have a life of their own. Hido uses his still camera like a movie camera but he only keeps the one scene that defines the entire “movie”. His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. His is the stuff of noir films and pulp fiction.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Jim Norrena

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), edited by Justin Hall

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are heralded as the "Oscars of the comics industry." This month CCA's MFA in Comics and Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), which he edited.

The publication is nominated in the Best Anthology category. (The publisher, Fantagraphics Books, is the leading publisher with 24 Eisner Award nominations.)

"I'm thrilled to have received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines," exclaimed Hall. "The Eisners are the most important awards in the American comics industry, and this is a dream come true for me!"

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

“Absolutely, I think it’s a smart investment for students to learn about sustainable design, because it’s very much the future of our industry,” Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at the California College of Arts, said.

So, with that in mind, and this being Earth Day and all, we rounded up the top five eco-minded fashion programs all around the globe.

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Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by Brenda Tucker

Chris Sollars, SUV Rub, 2008

Chris Sollars, adjunct professor in the First Year Program and the Individualized Major Program at California College of the Arts, is the recipient of a prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

From March 21 to 24, 2013, CCA played host to the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Co-chaired by CCA Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Yale University's Ed Mitchell, the conference -- nicknamed ACSA 101 -- welcomed educators and professionals from across the globe to come together and discuss ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought.

ACSA is a nonprofit association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education through the support of member schools, their faculty, and students. This support involves encouraging dialogue among the diverse areas of the discipline; facilitating teaching, research, and scholarly and creative works through intra/interdisciplinary activity; articulating the critical issues forming the context of architectural education; and fostering public awareness of issues in the field.

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